Universal have announced that The Impossible (2012) director J.A. Bayona will direct the sequel to 2015’s second highest grossing movie Jurassic World.
The sequel, set to be released on June 22nd 2018, is to be written by Jurassic World director Colin Trevorrow who has vacated the directors chair in order to direct Star Wars Episode IX, set for release in 2019.
Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard are each reprising their roles as the leaders of the franchise, while Steven Spielberg will again return as an Executive Producer.
The appointment of Bayona is around a year in the making, with the director initially being unable to fill the role due to commitments to Paramount’s World War Z sequel. The director has, however, been free of commitments to Paramount since leaving the horror-blockbuster’s second installment in January.